4 easy steps to keep your nonprofit productive on projects over summer

  • get ideas rolling
  • outline options
  • create a starting point for the larger group to work from.
  • Review the material instead of waiting until the meeting and asking someone to explain it to you.
  • Identify questions and email them to people so they can prepare their answers.
  • Complete research
  • Prepare statistics
  • Draft specific written portions of the work
  • Identify how many hours ⏳ you truly have to work on the project.
  • Consider what you can accomplish 🤔 with that amount of time
  • Write down your 📈 plans and targets. Be specific about:
  • The smaller project components
  • Who’s responsible for which parts
  • Deadlines, due dates and targets
  • Use online project management software such as Trello, Basecamp, Clickup or Asana to keep track of the parts of the project, persons responsible and deadlines.
  • Use a Google or Microsoft document that all team members have access to, allowing you to keep track of what parts have been completed and what needs reviewing.
  • Have weekly 10-minute conference calls for whoever is in attendance to update what is happening. Have them recorded so others can listen to them when they return from holidays to keep up to date. The key is these review sessions need to be very short and entirely on task.
  1. Set the intention that you will get more done this summer.
  2. Get clear on what you are doing to do, when and who’s responsible.
  3. Choose to lead productively through summer rather than give up.
  4. Make sure you and your team set a date for celebration to acknowledge the focused concentration over the summer!



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Kathy Archer

Kathy Archer


Helping women leaders make it in the nonprofit world. Leadership Development Coach * Best-Selling Author * Wife * Mom * Grandma * Mom to one boxer named Zeus!